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New website is ALMOST done!!!!!! In between website building and note taking a few odd scribbles happened.

P.S. I got a Pikachu onesie for Christmas

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LA: The Great Big Irish Fair in Long Beach

I’m a bit behind on posting this but I figure I’ve got an easy going blog and there are no real rules. Time is not the boss of me!

Aaanyways, over Father’s Day weekend we took my Dad to The Big Irish Fair in Long Beach. It was a lot of fun. The weather was great. I can really only think of two downsides. One was upon entering. A company had set up a booth before the entrance trying to get people to sign up for essentially a pyramid scheme., which we bypassed as quickly as we could. After checking in and getting our “drinking” or “non-drinking” bracelets there were tons of booths ranging from merchandise imported straight from Ireland, to jewelry and crafts, and even a booth in which you could look up your Irish heritage.  There were still some occasional booths set up that were trying to “give-away” vacations and a group of people soliciting for a charity.  Some of those people were VERY pushy.

The only other thing that was a bit of a “womp-womp” was the food. The only “Irish” food they had was a corned beef sandwhich, fish n’ chips, and a shepherds pie. I was told the corned beef sandwhich was bland, the fish n chips “meh”, and I had the Shepherds Pie which was decent. Most of everything else I saw consisted of things like hamburgers, popcorn, and snow cones. It was a bit disappointing when you consider what a great opportunity it was for them to be able to showcase some great food. Especially with all the food truck culture we have.

They had pricey drinks but like most events such as this it was exactly what I was expecting so no real complaints there. They had Guinness, Kilkenny, Smithwicks, and a few other basic beers and at one point I saw a booth selling whiskey but unless i’m crazy it disappeared pretty quickly.  Ha!

Everything else was fantastic. They had multiple pavilions set up with different musical bands playing everything from traditional Irish music to more contemporary punk influenced Irish bands such as Young Dubliners, The Fenians, Anita and The Mansfield Band, and Golden Bough. They also had stages set up for young traditional Irish dancers, all of whom were adorable and very talented (altho’ a  couple were on the border of Toddler & Tiaras-ish).

I have never seen so many Irish Wolfhounds……actually, I had never seen one in real life before. Even they had a booth! (a Kissing booth *_* ).  My absolute FAVORITE part was the sheep herding!! They demonstrated it right out in the open and at one point the sheep and sheep-dog were so close I’m convinced the sheep-dog was trying to herd me along too for a moment.  Lots of petting ensued.

Well, I’ve type-talked enough about it. I’ll let the pictures explain the rest.

Lots of interesting art. This was my favorite. Hehe

Lots of interesting art. This was my favorite. Hehe

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My Mom told my Dad to go pose with the sheep...he's pointing at sheep poop.

My Mom told my Dad to go pose with the sheep…he’s pointing at sheep poop.

My foot shows you how close we were to the sheep herding....in fact this dog tried to herd me for a moment before deciding I wasn't a good sheep.

My foot shows you how close we were to the sheep herding….in fact this dog tried to herd me for a moment before deciding I wasn’t a good sheep.

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My Dad, dancing in his seat to the Irish music.

My Dad, dancing in his seat to the Irish music.

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This cute one was on the elderly side and her hearing and vision wasn't great...and as a result while she was herding she took the sheep way off to the parking lot and the owners had to run chasing after them. We gave her some extra lovin'.  :3

This cute one was on the elderly side and her hearing and vision wasn’t great…and as a result while she was herding she took the sheep way off to the parking lot and the owners had to run chasing after them. We gave her some extra lovin’. :3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip! Rome

I apologize for the semi-long break in between my last post.  Father’s Day weekend was quite busy and included a trip to an Irish Festival in Long Beach which i’ll be posting about soon!

Aaaanyways, back to the trip!!

The next stop on our cruise was Florence. Well, it was supposed to be. We were very excited to see Florence but due to some unforeseen circumstances etc we found ourselves with very limited time, just enough time to walk around and have lunch and a snack in Rome.  Sure, it was sad we missed Florence but i’m not complaining in the least. I’m all too grateful for everything we did get to experience and enjoy. Besides, that just gives us an extra excuse for a future trip to Florence. >:D

I was too excited and kept eating my food before I could take pictures. I believe Seth has some kind of bruschetta in his hand.

I was too excited and kept eating my food before I could take pictures. I believe Seth has some kind of bruschetta in his hand.

 

Almost ate it all again.  Ravioli with meat sauce.

Almost ate it all again. Ravioli with meat sauce.

 

A blanket of proscuitto atop some melon.

A blanket of proscuitto atop some melon.

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I wasn't kidding when I said I could eat olives for dessert.

I wasn’t kidding when I said I could eat olives for dessert.

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I took this blurry picture from our train window of this dude hanging out with a one legged pigeon.

I took this blurry picture from our train window of this dude hanging out with a one legged pigeon.

I couldn't begin to explain it but I laugh so hard every time I see this billboard.

I couldn’t begin to explain it but I laugh so hard every time I see this billboard.

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Liebster Award! Whoa! :D

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WHOA! 😀

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely lady behind Pretty Little Things in a Box,
http://prettylittlethingsinabox.wordpress.com/

I’m super honored and humbled especially as my blog is still pretty new. (kind of the point behind the Liebster Award, I kno)  As of right now the structure and scheduling of posts is pretty loosey goosey until I get a better feel for things which makes me hesitant and my confidence wavers from time to time.  I try to remind myself, “HEY! This your blog dumb dumb. Your “Creations” and Your “Adventures”. Let it happen organically!”

That helps from time to time but with this nomination and each view, like, comment, and new follower I am motivated and inspired beyond words. So, if I don’t get a chance to say so sooner, Thank you-Thank you! I’ll work hard to make sure I have awesome things to share in the future.

 

Btw, I love the idea behind this Liebster Award (nominations). It’s a cute great way to show appreciation and as a means to get people’s blogs out there more. There are some blogs I might not have known about if it weren’t for this.

 

 

 

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who nominated you

2. Answer their questions

3. Nominate new blogs for the award

4. Ask them 10 new questions

5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated

 

Here are the questions given to me:

1. Tea or Coffee?

~Both! Green tea or Black coffee (hot or iced)

2. If you can choose to live in a period of time, which period will that be? Past or Future?

~I’ve thought about that question ALOT and I’ve gotta say…Present. That way I can experience the best of the culture (fashion, art, literature, food) from Ancient Egypt all the way up to the 1960’s from a safe distance.  (So I wouldn’t have to worry about things like plagues or enslavement and still enjoy the luxuries of today….youtube videos of sloths etc. )

3. What are you currently listening to?

~Soundtracks of old video games. They keep me surprisingly focused and productive.

4. Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?

~Everything around me. One of my favorite things to draw are “slice-of-my-life” comics.  I’m also very lucky to have such interesting, hilarious, and goofy people in my life.

5. Any favorite city where you would like to live in?

~Barcelona or just about anywhere in Japan.

6. If there’s one book in your library which you can read all over again, which one will that be?

~The Pursuit of Love & Love in A Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford

7.  What did You have for breakfast this morning?

~Eggs with tomato, basil, and avocado and black iced coffee

8. Which Blog do you check in regularly? URL please

~Gaah! There are quite a few. As of right now,….. House At The Harbor

http://www.houseattheharbor.com/

 

9.  Which craft do you do most often?

~While lately it’s been cross-stitching, i’m almost always ink and pencil drawing

10. What’s your largest Stash now?

~Hmm, I think it’s a tie between embroidery floss and mechanical pencils (unless I misunderstood the question…cuz I don’t have a moustache)  😉

 

 

I’m nominating the following:

 

Aaaand here are my questions for these blogsters:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. Favorite food/meal you’ve ever had?
  3. Favorite hobby and/or craft?
  4. Favorite place/city you would live?
  5. Last book you read?
  6. If you had to start a second blog what would it be about?
  7. Do you speak any other languages? If no, any you would be interested in learning?
  8. What blog do you follow the most?
  9. What is your dream job?
  10. What things can’t you leave the house without?